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Swan River Retreat! A slice of Montana heaven by Bigfork Village & Glacier Park

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 3,300 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

Custom River Home with privacy all around on the Swan River!

This is a riverfront home recently customized with three bedrooms and an enclosed porch that doubles as a sleeper. Three high-end bathrooms including a steam shower you'll need after your afternoon float down the river. A gourmet kitchen is a chefs dream. Enjoy A glass of wine on the back porch watching the Osprey dive for their trout dinner in the Blue Ribbon Fly Fishing River, or take a book and sit out front on a relaxing chair and watch the deer graze. All the beds come with high-quality mattresses fitted with 100% premium cotton linens. The standards of the Swan River Retreat are equal to any 5-star hotel. Cleaning is available weekly if you plan to stay 2 or 3 weeks.

An additional Bunkhouse is located on the property that can sleep 4 to 6 additional guests with a full bath, kitchenette, and TV. There may be an extra charge for use of the Bunkhouse, make sure you contact the owner if you plan on using the Bunkhouse.

This Home is specially designed for family, friend retreats and reunions. All the guests can come together and enjoy this beautiful getaway and you can sleep easy in the wonderful bedding and peaceful surroundings.

More Details

Stephen Nicodemus
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 September, 2018

About Stephen Nicodemus

Our family has owned the Swan River Retreat since 1979. We have enjoyed all the seasons in this beautiful place. It is truly magical. Montana has inspired me to become an artist after first visiting in 1979. The house has my paintings throughout. As a job, I currently work for Disney Animation on the Tangled series. If you want to see my work, you can just Google my name. Our family and friends have all held this place very dear to their hearts as I have. Hope you enjoy it also and it inspires you too!

Stephen Nicodemus purchased this house in 1979

Why Stephen Nicodemus chose Bigfork

Swan River Retreat is a private spot on the river. There are no visible neighbors on either side yet it is close enough to town for everything you need. A flat paved road to the property makes it easy to access in all seasons. The property has a park-like setting where you and your guests can feel free to be yourselves and enjoy a peaceful escape from the big city. It has a serene feel that makes you feel at peace being there.There is a gentle slope to the river and the river is shallow enough for kids to wade in while they try fishing or floating. Deer come to the property looking for snacks. If you have carrots or apples, they will eat out of your hand.

What makes this house unique

The river is great for fly fishing out your back door with a nice fishing hole about 3/4 of a wade out. You have to be an excellent fly fisherman to catch the big ones. A great river to float down with your friends and family. Just remember to lift your butt when going over the rocks! If you want to go to the lake to swim or picnic, you can bike or drive a mile to the private beach set aside for residents on Swan Lake. At night go into town for the Bigfork Summer Playhouse or a nice dinner. Take a drive to Glacier National Park for the day or do a day hike at nearby Jewel basin. In winter ski Whitefish Mountain Resort or Blacktail Mountain Ski Resort. There is so much to do and enjoy here. Just ask me, I'll be glad to direct your adventures.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Bigfork around the Lake County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The Bunkhouse is an extra charge during non-summer months. Check with owner for use of the Bunkhouse.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Beautiful Luxury Bathroom. A Claw Foot tub, and Rain Shower
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Sunken Tub. Separate Shower.
    Front Powder - Toilet
    Bunk House Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Front Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Steam Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Front Guest - 1 Large Double Bed
    Guest - 2 Single Bed
    Enclosed Porch - 1 Single Bed , 1 daybed
    Bunkhouse - 1 Large Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • There is a separate 3 car garage with an apartment upstairs we call the Bunkhouse. It can sleep 4 in beds and 2 in a sleeper sofa bed. It is complete with a full bathroom and kitchenette. There may be an extra charge for the use of the bunkhouse depending on season and how many are in your party. Contact the owner for usage and fees.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • ski
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Swan River Retreat! A slice of Montana heaven by Bigfork Village & Glacier Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Great location and wonderful home. LOVED THE KITCHEN!

  • 5 of 5

My family rented this property for five days in mid September. It was perfect. The location is just south of the town of Big Fork and within an hour of Glacier National Park, Whitefish and Kalispell. The house sits within fifty yards of the Swan river on three acres so we had an abundance of privacy. The property was perfect for all of us, nine adults and three children. My niece, her husband and three children stayed in the bunkhouse, which was perfect for them. All the beds were comfortable, warm linens and plenty of towels.

One of the best parts of the house was the kitchen! It possessed every possible appliance and cooking utensil which was important to us as we cooked almost every meal. Lots of room and a wonderful six burner Wolf range, very large refrigerator (and another fridge in the pantry) and exceptionally large island.

The house sits well back from the road so the kids could play in the back yard as well as the front. We made full use of the back patio and grill, there is also a large tipi the kids made into a fort. I cant say enough about this property and the owner/manager Stephen was extremely prompt with any inquiry I made.

We are planning another trip next year!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for the great review Dana! I’m glad you and your family had such a great time and appreciated our place. We look forward to having you back, you were an awesome guest!
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  • 5 of 5

It only needs one word outstanding !!


  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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An amazing home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this Swan River retreat. Things we enjoyed the most was the location of the house on the river, the generousness of Stephen that we could use the float tubs, That the house had everything what we forgot to bring and more. The friendly communication with Stephen. And for my sister in law , who is from Holland, I have to mention, the amount of deer walking around in the area

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful and amazing!

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Stephen is a wonderful person and was a pleasure to work with! He was very responsive and made us feel welcomed in his home (even though we only spoke over the phone)!!!

When we first approached the house, we were in awe with the beauty of the house as pictures do not completely capture the beauty of the flowing river and trees as the backdrop. We were then swept off our feet by the interior! The sun room(my favorite), bedrooms, kitchen, laundry and mud rooms were all clean and very large. The gourmet kitchen, family/living rooms flow together to make a great room, so it is perfect for family gatherings.

We did not stay in the separate bunk house, but it would have been a perfect place for our kids if we had brought them.

This place was designed with the love of bringing people together!

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Lane! I'm glad you guys enjoyed your stay. We are happy to share this place with others since we have had many happy memories there as a family. Please come back in summer and bring your families next time!
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The river view is beautiful! and it has a very warm and cozy home away from home feeling to it.

  • 5 of 5

It's an amazing get away for friend and family gatherings weather it's for a one night birthday party get together or family reunion or to simply enjoy relaxing and breathing in the fresh air! We loved our stay here and look forward to coming back again!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sarah! I'm glad you loved your stay.
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Properety is GREAT!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful house and location and the owner was the BEST!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Roadhouse Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Eagle Bend Golf Club
Nearest Train
35 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
40 Miles
Whitefish Mountain Resort
Car: necessary

Enjoy Glacier National Park less than an hour from the property. Swan River Retreat is located minutes from the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jewel Basin, and other surrounding hiking trails. Boating, water sports, phenomenal fishing, White water rafting, horseback riding and overall outdoors adventures are within minutes of the property.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £226.08
Pet Fee £18.84
Property Damage Insurance £44.46

VRBO service fee is included
The Bunkhouse which sleeps 4 to 6 is an additional fee of $75 a night with a minimum 6 night stay. A 20% discount applies for 30 days or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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